The Marianne Initiative
for human rights defenders

In 2021, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the launch of the Marianne Initiative for human rights defenders, aimed at better supporting them in their fight, both abroad and in France.

The Marianne Association for Human Rights Defenders was created to federate the actors involved in our country (State, organisations and associations for the promotion of human rights and reception, local authorities, qualified personalities, etc.) and to carry the initiative's support pillar in France, for the benefit of about fifteen laureates per year (reception, personalised support, networking, etc.).


"France is and will remain a land of welcome for human rights defenders


After receiving the first all-female class in 2022 and a mixed class in 2023, Alain Régnier, Délégué interministériel à l'accueil et à l'intégration des réfugiés, Delphine Borione, Ambassador for Human Rights, and Laura Lohéac, President of the association, officially launched the third class.

Some fifteen men and women from every continent have been welcomed to France for six months as part of the Initiative. The winners benefit from a training program designed to strengthen their skills and commitment in their home country or in France, whether in favor of civil and political rights, women's rights, minority rights or environmental rights.


A look back at past years


"The protection of human rights is more than ever a topical battle, in a context where repression is multiplying in every corner of the world".

Emmanuel Macron - President of the Republic, at the launch of the second promotion



"Fundamental human rights are under increasing threat around the world. On this international day, I wanted to launch the Marianne Initiative for Human Rights Defenders. To take these rights everywhere. To protect and support its defenders."

Emmanuel Macron - President of the Republic, on Human Rights Day 2021

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Published May 29, 2024

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May 17, 2024

Presentation of the Marianne exhibition

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March 19, 2024

International Women's Day

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